Standout running back Alfred Morris disappeared over the last three games, producing just 109 yards on 37 carries, but that could change with the expected return of fullback Darrel Young. Receiver Pierre Garcon is having a career year with 89 catches and 1,017 yards, but tight end Jordan Reed hasn't played since suffering a concussion on Nov. 17.
The Falcons ranks 30th against the run, 29th in scoring defense and 20th against the pass.
The Falcons lost standout Julio Jones early while fellow receiver Roddy White has played hurt more often than not. New No. 1 running back Steven Jackson has been a disappointment behind an offensive line that lost its tackles to injuries early.
Tight end Tony Gonzalez keeps rolling towards Canton. Quarterback Matt Ryan has been solid as Atlanta ranks sixth in passing and seventh in third-down efficiency but just 22nd in scoring.
Washington allows the most points and the sixth-most passing yards. Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo has 5.5 sacks in four games before being shut out last week. Safety Brandon Meriweather should return after missing last week with a bruised chest.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
--Redskins QB Kirk Cousins vs. Falcons safeties William Moore and Thomas DeCoud.
Cousins was 5-for-9 for 111 yards after Griffin was hurt in Week 5 in his NFL debut against Atlanta last year. He'll start Sunday for the first time since his only start in Week 15 of 2012. He threw a 77-yard touchdown to WR Santana Moss but was also picked off twice, once by DeCoud. Moore has 12 interceptions and eight forced fumbles during his four years as a starter, tied for third among NFL safeties.
--Redskins CBs DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson vs. Falcons WRs Roddy White and Harry Douglas.
Hall, who was chosen for two Pro Bowls during his four years with the Falcons (2004-07) and was in the midst of a fight during his 2009 return to Atlanta, has clearly been the standout in a frequently ravaged Washington secondary. Douglas has caught 68 passes for 926 yards in place of the injured Julio Jones while franchise record-holder White has battled injuries while catching just 38 passes for 426 yards.